Oracle secures ISO 27001, HIPAA and SOC certifications for its cloud portfolio

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Oracle has announced its public cloud services have achieved various security and compliance certifications, including ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOC1 and SOC2, in what the company describes as ‘continued momentum’ for its products.

The Redwood giant’s platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has received Service Organisation Control (SOC) attestations across a variety of key services, while its Fusion software as a service (SaaS) is HIPAA-accredited and the ISO 27001 was awarded for ‘the proper management and security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted to an organisation by third parties’.

The move puts Oracle alongside its various industry competitors; for example, Microsoft’s SOC1 and SOC2 information can be found here – copies of the report are only available to customers who have signed an NDA – while ISO 27001 can be found here. The Oracle accreditations were administered by Schellman & Co.

“Oracle is continuously investing time and resources to meet our customers’ strict requirements across highly regulated industries,” said Erika Voss, Oracle global senior director for public cloud compliance, risk and privacy in a statement. “These new certifications not only validate the reliability and security features of the Oracle Cloud; they effectively make Oracle’s solutions available to thousands of new customers in the healthcare and public sector industries.”

Writing for this publication last year, Frank Krieger, director of compliance at cloud hosting provider iland, explained the benefits of ISO 27001. “The business benefits of ISO 27001 certification are many,” Krieger wrote. “ISO 27001 is an effective way to reduce the risk of your organisation suffering a data breach, satisfies audit requirements and establishes trust both internally and externally that security controls are properly managed, providing customers with greater confidence in doing business with you.”

Oracle’s efforts to become the leader in public cloud, after a slow initial start, have been well documented. The company announced total cloud revenues, including IaaS, at $1.2bn in its most recent quarter, with CTO Larry Ellison telling analysts that its next-generation data centres have capabilities which potentially dwarf Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to figures from Synergy Research, the four leading players in the cloud IaaS market – AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google – remain entrenched, although singling out Oracle for its high growth rate.

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